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Awarded for service to Health and the Community
Entered on roll: 2013
A passion to advance and enrich people's lives.
Community Services worker Renate Hughes is committed to developing support networks for the most vulnerable people in the community.
Renate has completed formal studies in Community Services, Teaching and Learning and Management. Renate volunteered with the Childbirth Association of Australia and Lifeline on their training teams and later worked as a Department of Community Welfare intervention worker providing support to women experiencing family violence.
From 1987 to 1988, Renate worked with youth as a Street Youth Outreach Worker and was involved in the establishment of the drug and alcohol support service for youth, Your Place.
Between 2005 and 2010, Renate further advanced her youth work as: an assistant coordinator of the Youth Affairs Council of Tasmania; a teacher at TAFE Tasmania; and later as Glenorchy City Council's Youth Development Officer. She has been a key player in a range of health promotion projects and events and was central in developing the Glenorchy Mobile Activity Centre.
Renate has also been central to the development of the Steps to the Future - Learning Pathways for Young Parents project in her role as Social Planning Officer for Glenorchy City Council. This project provides a range of individual and group learning programs for young mothers in Glenorchy.
Renate has delivered training programs on suicide awareness and prevention and is the Chair of the Glenorchy Suicide Prevention Network.
Research projects undertaken by Renate include: adolescent smoking trends and approaches to smoking cessation and the development of minimal intervention programs (for the Lions Drug Education Network); and researching and promoting child abuse prevention programs (for the Department of Community and Health Services).
Renate received the Advance Australia Award 1991 for outstanding contributions for the advancement and enrichment of Australia.